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Welcome Back, K-8 Students & Initial K-5 Survey Results

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Buongiorno La Scuola,

A very warm welcome back to our K-8 students. We did our Chromebook pickup at Fell Campus yesterday and today we have students in the yard picking up their Chromebooks and getting to meet each other, sometimes for the first time, safely distanced and masked in our beautiful Mission yard.

The teachers and administrators have worked very hard to reopen the school. As you know, we have some new technology tools and software that we are using to deliver our remote curriculum. We ask you to be patient, it’s going to be great and the goal is to make sure students have an excellent remote learning experience until we are ready to reopen. Thank you for the feedback, be patient, be kind to your teachers, they are working super hard to make sure they deliver our unique La Scuola curriculum under these circumstances.

Some other updates that are important are that we are still waiting to hear about the waiver application process. We are preparing to submit it and part of that is to hear from you. You may have seen our survey going out to K-5 families yesterday. We are very delighted with the responses and if you are one of the few who has not filled it out please do so today.

So far, we have 110 submissions out of 137 families with 76% of families indicating that they prefer learning in-person, so being back on site, which is what we are looking forward to as well. More than 70% of those families have said they are comfortable with coming back at this time.

We are implementing the school safety guidelines and we continue to refer to the California and San Francisco Public Health Department, Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and we are really committed to the safety of our staff and students on-site. Please keep the comments and questions coming, we are here to answer them.

We really are thankful to you for being partners in these unprecedentedly challenging times. We are all struggling to keep up with the information in the news. Please know that everyone at La Scuola, the staff, Board of Directors, and many parents like you, are committed to reopening safely. Interesting fact - we are the first PreK-Grade 8 school to officially open in San Francisco.* We moved up our dates thinking it would be best for our students to return in-person as soon as safely possible. We are pioneers and we are delighted to be that.

Grazie Mille. Please keep up your inner joy and be optimistic, we will be getting over this at some point in the future. Andra’tuttobene - all will be well.

Valentina Imbeni, Ph.D.
Head of School

*Please Note: La Scuola is the first school to begin learning in San Francisco under the Preschool guidelines for in-person learning and K-8 guidelines for remote learning.